278 To Horace Mann [17- may gallop over it without meeting a tree: but I really w charmed with Woolterton; it is all wood and water! IV uncle and aunt may, without any expense, do what th< have all their lives avoided, wash themselves and ma' fires2. Their house is more than a good one ; if they hi not saved eighteen-pence in every room, it would have bei a fine one. I saw several of my acquaintance3, Volterr vases, Grisoni landscapes, the four little bronzes, the raff picture, &c. We have printed about the expedition to Naples5: t affair at Elba, too, is in the papers, but we affect not believe it6. We are in great apprehensions of not taki Prague—the only thing that has been taken on our si lately, I think, is my Lord Stair's journey hither and ba again—we don't know for what, he is such an Orland The papers are full of tli& most defending King's journey Flanders; our private letters say not a word of it—I s our, for at present I think the Earl's intelligences and mi are pretty equal as to authority. 1 am going to transcribe a ballad for you, which has be printed and printed, and is the only thing in fashion, exc< cricket matches: but as I believe it has not been in any the papers that you see, I must send it. 2 This thought -was afterwards put into verse, thus: What "woods, what streams around the seat! Was ever mansion so complete? Here happy Pug* and Horace may, (And yet not have a groat to pay,) Two things they most have shunn'd, perform:— I mean, they may he clean and warm. 8 Presents from Mr. Mann to Mr. Walpole. Walpole. 4 Between Pisa and Siena, famous for its alabaster. 8 See note on letter to Mann, Aug. 28, 1742. 8 An English captain, provokec the inhabitants of Merciana (a sr place in Elba), landed and destrc the fort and village. * Mr. Walpole's name of fondness for his wife. Walpole.